Guided tour

Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

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Activity provider: The Red Bus Bistro

Edinburgh: Vintage Bus Tour with Afternoon Tea or Gin

Activity provider: The Red Bus Bistro
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From US$ 52.08 per person

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Sip afternoon tea with a selection of snacks as you go around the Scottish capital in a vintage bus tour of Edinburgh. Indulge in optional gin cocktails while admiring the beautiful sites of the city.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Get your taste buds tingling with an afternoon tea based on British classics
  • Upgrade your experience to include flavored gin cocktails served in teapots
  • Take in sights such as Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building
  • Indulge yourself in a traditional afternoon tea on vintage Routemaster buses
  • Savor delicious sandwiches, petit fours, cupcakes, warm scones, and mini quiches
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Enjoy a sophisticated afternoon tea with a refreshing gin "pot-tail" (a cocktail in a teapot for larger parties) of your choice, served from the onboard trolley bar on a guided bus tour. Tuck into an afternoon tea consisting of a sandwich, petit fours, cupcake, warm scones, and mini quiches. Depart from Stance ZF on Waterloo Place. Get a warm welcome from the bus staff with a glass of prosecco. Sit back, relax, and indulge your senses whilst taking in magnificent sites of the city like Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Parliament Building.

With this afternoon tour, indulge in 2 traditional British classics – tea and gin – based on the option you choose. If you upgrade to the gin option, get flavored gin cocktails supplied by Edinburgh Gin Company served in teapots with aromatic herbs and topped with dainty edible flowers.

Treat your taste buds to traditional scones with fresh whipped cream and jam, a selection of finger sandwiches, mini rolls or wraps, mini quiches, and a selection of petit fours and cakes, all washed down with as much tea and coffee as you can drink.

  • Glass of prosecco on arrival
  • Afternoon tea
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, and soft drinks
  • A gin cocktail (if option selected)
  • Additional drinks (can be purchased at a charge onboard)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet at Stance ZF, Waterloo Place.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • There is no toilet on board (the tour will stop for a 15-minute comfort break)
  • For gluten-free and vegetarian options please give at least 5 days' notice before your tour
  • You may be sharing a table with other customers when the tour is busy
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Good evening  I treated a friend for her birthday to do the afternoon tea experience with gin in Edinburgh on the Vintage bus tour on 19/11. Unfortunately this ended up not going to plan due to the organisation of the company.  I was firstly contacted to be advised the time was changed from 3:30pm to 3pm. I was not provided an explanation as to why this was.  I was contacted again the day before we were due to attend to be offered to pay for drinks prior to departure and to pay for this there and then. Again, this was not at all organised and having to make a decision within seconds was also very inconvenient.   Then on the day of our experience, 3 hours before we were due to attend, I was told due to licencing issues alcohol was no longer available to be sold. Even although I paid for the drinks package as part of the afternoon tea.  This made the experience feel unorganised and took the shine off our day particularly when it is for a special occasion. Sadly very disappointing.

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November 20, 2022

Funny! Tasty, different. The two ladies who handle the serving are a show of their own. Funny, joking, but a little difficult to understand due to a proper dialect.

November 5, 2022

October 31, 2022

Product ID: 158657